I salute your packing skills! There is no way I could fit 5 kids, especially some 'little' ones, plus gear in our Ascent(premium bench like yours) even with our Thule car top carrier. We would probably have ended up with a Suburban size vehicle.I have a middle bench. From left to right in the middle
Row was rear car seat, 13yo, high-back booster. Rear row had 2 11yo’s.
We have two teenage daughters and we really loved the 3 Foresters we have had since they were born. The Ascent is great because now we can take other people as well. Kids' friends to the mall or sports and occasionally extended family members to dinner/events.